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Local support strong for National Bike Month

We join in thanking the many sponsors and thousands of participants and volunteers who made the celebration of National Bike Month in Northeast Indiana a rousing success. In May, more residents and visitors than ever before took to the streets and trails with their bicycles in National Bike Month events.

It was a month-long celebration of our bicycle-friendly city and the benefits that bicycling can deliver to our community.

Bicycling is one of the most popular outdoor activities in the United States. Regular use of a bicycle promotes healthier weight, blood pressure and insulin levels and can be one of the best ways to forge an active and healthy lifestyle.

The bicycle may seem like a simple device, but it can unlock a better future for our community in terms of both physical fitness and economic opportunity. We pledge to continue to develop Fort Wayne, Allen County and northeast Indiana as a bicycle-friendly community throughout the year, and we look forward to an even bigger and better celebration in May 2014.

Thank you again and congratulations to all of the sponsors, participants and volunteers who made National Bike Month a fantastic success this year.

AMY HARTZOG City of Fort Wayne LORI KEYS Fort Wayne Trails Inc. JON BOMBERGER Fort4Fitness, Inc

Company proud of role in historic moment

While all the MLK ’63 articles were interesting, the one on June 9 was especially so. It started off mentioning the shooting of Vernon Jordan, president of the national Urban League. The shooting happened on the north side at the Marriott. It was a sad and tragic event that got national attention for several days.

There was a proud moment for me, however, when Emergency One Corporation’s ambulance was used by Parkview Hospital to transport Jordan from their facility to Baer Field. Our medics did a fantastic job and driving onto the tarmac to the awaiting Air Force plane was a once- in-a-lifetime experience.

All of us at Emergency One were quite proud.

JAMES DEL GROSSO Founder, Emergency One Corporation Fort Wayne

Mangled sculpture could be a useful reminder

Finally someone hit that hunk of junk in front of the art museum. Now it’s going to cost $300,000 to repair. The city should take this as an opportunity to get rid of that total eyesore. It makes Fort Wayne look worse.

I have some suggestions. First of all, tear it down and scrap it. Put up a park full of artsy-looking equipment for the kids. That would get the kids interested in art. Better yet, leave it the way it is. It looks better after the car. In fact, they should have left the car where it was, so when parents drove by and kids asked what happened they can tell them that’s what happens when you drink and drive. That would save lives and save money.

It’s a shame that there are so many people in need and so much money is going to be wasted on that hunk of junk. Get rid of it, save some money and then we would have plenty of money left over to move our cherished Anthony Wayne statue.